During a one-hour discussion, Merrow outlined six negative consequences of education’s current assessment of students and teachers, showing two video documentary clips to illustrate the enormous disparity in the quality of how children are being taught. He also discussed seven “fixes” and four other steps he believes will lead to needed changes. The system’s present-day approach, he said, results in too much testing and a narrow curriculum emphasizing math and English to the exclusion of art, theater, dance, physical education and other “non-essential” classes. Excessive focus on “getting it right,” student cynicism about the value of teachers, pervasive cheating and a seventh “bonus bad” — diminished expectations of students — are cause for alarm for Merrow.
On May 17, team captains will host a garage sale from which all proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society, Clothes, furniture and household items are just some of the things shoppers can find at the sale, The sale will be from 8 a.m, to 2 p.m, along the 900 block of ballet slippers cabochon earrings - 16mm W, Olive Avenue, Items that are not sold will be donated to the Sunnyvale American Cancer Society Discovery Shop or to Goodwill, So far, the Sunnyvale relay event has eight teams, Organizers are hoping to get more survivors and teams signed up, as well as volunteers..
Pirates of Penzance: Sept. 8-23, Hillview Middle School Performing Arts Center, 1100 Elder Ave., Menlo Park. Bay Area Opera Collaborative presents a fully gender-swapped production of The Pirates of Penzance. $13-$26. www.bayop.org/shows.html. Food & Wine Classic: 4 p.m. Sept. 9, Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga. Sample savory and sweet fare from Bay Area restaurants and enjoy tastings from many of the region’s finest wineries in an event that benefits more than 15,000 students, teachers, artists, and musicians supported by the nonprofit arts center. $250-$375. www.montalvofoodwine.com/.
Where their ballet slippers cabochon earrings - 16mm squeezebox sisters often riffed on pinup style imagery to counter the accordion’s reputation as unsexy, the Banjo Babes are more interested in showing off their chops than their curves, The third annual Banjo Babes tour brings an array of banjoists to Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage on Thursday and Don Quixote’s in Felton on Sunday, celebrating the release of the 2016 calendar and album, The brainchild of Kendl Winter and Evie Ladin, two of the bandleaders featured on these gigs, the Banjo Babes project is produced by Erin Inglish, who brings a tongue-in-cheek sensibility to the calendar..
The Saratoga Youth Commission plans to increase its activities next year which will necessitate fundraising to the tune of $2,100 at various youth commission and city-sponsored events. The youth of Saratoga should clear their social calendars for 2018; even more fun activities are in the pipeline than in recent years. While that’s good news for the demographic as a whole, the flurry of planned activities has left organizers in a bind, as there just isn’t enough money to cover the cost of all events. So, Saratoga’s Youth Commission is asking for a little help from the community.